FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Rev. Jeffrey Barz-Snell
978-744-1551
www.firstchurchinsalem.org

FIRST CHURCH IN SALEM, UU INITIATES “RESISTANCE SPEAKER SERIES” FOR 2017
Executive Director of Common Cause to Speak on March 14

Salem - Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause, Massachusetts, will speak on Contemporary Threats to Democracy: Gerrymandering and the Electoral College. The presentation, with Question & Answer session, will take place at First Church in Salem UU, 316 Essex Street, Salem, MA on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Wilmot will describe how congressional districts have been redrawn since the 2010 Census and how and why this “new age of Gerrymandering” is undermining our democracy. In addition she will address the current state of the Electoral College and explain why it no longer serves the original purpose of our country’s Founders.

Wilmot has steered many successful state campaigns for Common Cause, including redistricting, campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, open government, and election reforms. She also serves as the organization’s national policy expert on electoral reform. More information about Common Cause is available at: www.commoncause.org/states/massachusetts/

Pam became executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts in1989 and served until 1993, then returned in 2002. She previously worked for Rhode Island and Mass PIRG and the Bottle Bill campaigns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Connecticut Citizens Action Group, and the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board. She is a graduate of Brown University, Northeastern University School of Law, and Smith College Graduate School for Social Work.

This program initiates the First Church in Salem’s “Resistance” Speaker Series for 2017. Over the course of the next 12 months the congregation plans to host a series of programs dealing with major social and political issues facing the United States.

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